Blood Angels from Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada features one of the best "early adopter" systems I've seen in recent years. Rather than lock away DLC behind pre-orders or other such nonsense, every single person that buy the game by June 21 will be granted the Space Marine and Tau factions for free once they are finally complete.

June 21 doesn't just mark the cut-off period for this promotion, however, its also the date when the venerable Space Marines will be joining the fight against the mutants, the xenos, and the heretics. Here's the recently posted trailer showcasing their grand cathedral ships, massive weaponry, and the five Chapters that will make up the majority of your forces in the Gothic Sector:


If my memory serves me well, the five banners shown throughout the trailer represent the Ultramarines, Imperial Fists, Blood Angels, Dark Angels, and the Space Wolves. If they follow the same trend as the other factions, expect to see these Chapters as a specialization for your "generic" Space Marine ships. Assuming this is true, Space Wolves will probably be the equivalent of Khorne Worship and offer you better boarding parties and improved crew strength, with the other Chapters giving similarly parallel benefits. All of this is pure speculation at this point, naturally, but we won't have to wait for very long to see if I end up being correct or not.

As for Battlefleet Gothic: Armada itself, I found it to be a great deal of fun, but then again I am a massive Warhammer 40k fanboy. You can read my review to get the full picture, but in short, its a fun and explosive strategy game with plenty of charm to each of its factions. The one big flaw I need to point out is the competitive multiplayer. Its quite enjoyable, there's no doubt about that, but it will often match you against vastly superior players which will more likely than not result in your entire fleet getting decimated, a scenario that only snowballs into further losses, and further frustrations. I haven't played it in a couple of months, so this might have been fixed in the mean time, but make sure to do your research before you jump in, just in case.

Space Marines from Battlefleet Gothic: Armada